News you can use, 9/15

National Survey Identifies Incentives to Attract Talented Career Changers into America’s Classrooms: CSRwire, 9/10
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation found that 42 percent of college-educated Americans ages 24 to 60 would consider becoming a teacher. Half of those respondents were women between 50 and 60. These potential career changers say that a starting salary of at least $50,000 and quality training and support would trigger a career change. Based on this research, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is developing a national and state fellowship program to attract prospective career changers to the teaching profession with a tailored program based on their needs.

Job seekers seek philanthropic employers: Philanthropy Journal, 9/9
In a survey conducted by Hollister Inc., company culture, which includes philanthropy, creative benefits and work environment, narrowly edged out opportunities for growth and employee appreciation as the top factor job seekers consider. Salary was ranked the least important factor in the survey.

“Employers have come to realize that employees that feel good about the company they are working for are more passionate about their work and feel a greater sense of loyalty to the company,” Kip Hollister, the company’s founder and CEO, says.

Economic Slowdown Likely to Put a Damper on Giving, Survey Finds: Philanthropy News Digest, 9/8
Twenty-nine percent of individuals expect to reduce their charitable giving this fall and 26 percent say that they are done giving for the year, according to Grizzard Communications Group. Respondents between the ages of 25 and 34 were the most likely of any age group to say that they planned to increase their giving. In terms of donor retention, the most important message that nonprofits can send is to inform donors about how their gifts are used by the nonprofit. New donor acquisition is expected to decline this year, making donor retention absolutely critical.

Charities Increasingly Benefiting from Online Donations: Philanthropy News Digest, 9/7
Online giving has grown from $250 million in 2000 to an estimated $6.9 billion in 2006.

Study: No college, near poverty: Rocky Mountain News, 9/4
Colorado parents without any college education are more likely than not to raise their children in near poverty, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty. This study provides further evidence that a high school diploma is not sufficient to stave off poverty.

Poverty rate dips for Colorado children: Rocky Mountain News, 9/3
In 2007, one in eight children lived in poverty in Colorado. First Focus predicts that the child poverty rate will rise in 2008 as unemployment rates rise, home foreclosures skyrocket and the cost of health insurance goes up.

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